from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Frozen precipitation in the form of white or translucent hexagonal ice crystals that fall in soft, white flakes.
  • n. A falling of snow; a snowstorm.
  • n. Something resembling snow, as:
  • n. The white specks on a television screen resulting from weak reception.
  • n. Slang Cocaine.
  • n. Slang Heroin.
  • intransitive v. To fall as or in snow.
  • transitive v. To cover, shut off, or close off with snow: We were snowed in.
  • transitive v. Slang To overwhelm with insincere talk, especially with flattery.
  • snow under To overwhelm: I was snowed under with work.
  • snow under To defeat by a very large margin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The frozen, crystalline state of water that falls as precipitation.
  • n. Any similar frozen form of a gas or liquid.
  • n. A shade of the color white.
  • n. The area of frequency on a television which has no programmes broadcast in analogue sets, the image is created by the Electrical noise.
  • n. Cocaine.
  • n. A snowfall; a blanket of frozen, crystalline water.
  • v. To have snow fall from the sky.
  • v. To hoodwink someone, especially by presenting confusing information.
  • v. To bluff in draw poker by refusing to draw any cards.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A square-rigged vessel, differing from a brig only in that she has a trysail mast close abaft the mainmast, on which a large trysail is hoisted.
  • n. Watery particles congealed into white or transparent crystals or flakes in the air, and falling to the earth, exhibiting a great variety of very beautiful and perfect forms.
  • n. Fig.: Something white like snow, as the white color (argent) in heraldry; something which falls in, or as in, flakes.
  • intransitive v. To fall in or as snow; -- chiefly used impersonally
  • transitive v. To scatter like snow; to cover with, or as with, snow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fall as snow: used chiefly impersonally: as, it snows; it snowed yesterday.
  • To scatter or cause to fall like snow.
  • To surround, cover, or imprison with snow: with in, up, under, or over: often used figuratively. See snow-bound.
  • n. The aqueous vapor of the atmosphere precipitated in a crystalline form, and falling to the earth in flakes, each flake consisting of a distinct crystal, or more commonly of combinations of separate crystals.
  • n. A snowfall; a snow-storm.
  • n. A winter; hence, in enumeration, a year: as, five snows.
  • n. Something that resembles snow, as white blossoms.
  • n. In heraldry, white; argent.
  • n. A vessel equipped with two masts, resembling the mainmast and foremast of a ship, and a third small mast just abaft and close to the mainmast, carrying a trysail.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. precipitation falling from clouds in the form of ice crystals
  • n. a layer of snowflakes (white crystals of frozen water) covering the ground
  • n. English writer of novels about moral dilemmas in academe (1905-1980)
  • v. fall as snow
  • v. conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end
  • n. street names for cocaine


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English snāw.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English snow, snaw, from Old English snāw ("snow"), from Proto-Germanic *snaiwaz (“snow”), from Proto-Indo-European *snóygʷʰos (“snow”). Cognate with Scots snaw ("snow"), West Frisian snie ("snow"), Dutch sneeuw ("snow"), German Schnee ("snow"), Danish sne ("snow"), Norwegian snø ("snow"), Swedish snö ("snow"), Icelandic snjór ("snow"), Latin nix ("snow"), Russian снег (sneg), dialectal Albanian nehë ("place where the snow melts"). Also, from the same Indo-European root *sneygʷʰ- (“to snow”) comes English snew.



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  • Another article with some useful links. It seems that 421 is the official tally, but you have to be careful with those canny Scots.

    September 23, 2015

  • Scots have 421 words for snow. I think they have more.

    September 23, 2015

  • In hospitals, means to completely gork or zonk out a patient by means of sedative or other medications.

    February 5, 2008

  • Lovely quote. :-)

    December 4, 2007

  • “This day the spring had decided to be not poetical but simply cheerful. It had spread flocks of small scatterbrained clouds in the sky; it swept down the last specks of snow from every roof; it made new little brooks run everywhere and was playing at April the best it could...�? — Tove Jansson, 'Moominland Midwinter' (translated by Thomas Warburton).

    December 4, 2007